AAA Editor Notes
Chihuly Garden and Glass is on the Seattle Center grounds near the base of the Space Needle at 305 Harrison St. Fans of Dale Chihuly, rejoice: This is the most comprehensive collection to date of the world-renowned artist's works in glass. Exhibits in eight galleries demonstrate how Dale Chihuly pushed the boundaries of glass as an art medium in concept, execution and presentation.
Exhibition Hall, a 12,208-square-foot indoor pavilion, features glass stems illuminated with electrically charged neon; the Sealife Room, a collection of sculpted starfish, octopi, sea urchins and other marine life forms; and the self-explanatory Mille Fiori (which means “a thousand flowers” in Italian).
The design of the Glasshouse, a 40-foot-tall glass and steel structure filled with natural light, is based on Chihuly's lifelong appreciation of conservatories and showcases one of his largest suspended works, a 100-foot-long assemblage of flowers in hues of red, yellow, orange and amber. In the outdoor sculpture garden, trees, plants and flowers are a real-life backdrop for glass forms that mimic nature, from reeds and cattails to herons and seal pups.
Since the Glasshouse and sculpture garden exhibits take on a whole new perspective after dark, it's worth purchasing a day/night pass to view the exhibition twice. Also search out a camera-toting staff member, who will take a free photo of you posing in front of one of the works of art and direct you to a kiosk where it can be e-mailed to friends and family.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.